27 August 2013

Alu-tech fifth anniversary


Bailey reaches another major manufacturing milestone as the Alu-tech construction system celebrates its fifth anniversary

Bailey recently reached another major manufacturing milestone as the Alu-Tech construction system celebrated its fifth anniversary. To date 25,000+ leisure vehicles  built using this multi-award winning technology have rolled off the production line, following four years of a proven track record of performance in use.

To put this in perspective if these caravans and motorhome were positioned nose to tail in a straight line they would stretch for over 150 miles which is equivalent to the distance from London to Cardiff.  

The result of the most comprehensive product design programme the industry has ever undertaken known Alu-Tech is seen by many as the most significant development in leisure vehicle production technology for over thirty years.

Providing genuine design innovation is it a construction system so unique that it has five new patents registered and one which has required the creation of over one hundred new bespoke component parts to build it. As a result Bailey leisure vehicles are now some of the best engineered and the most technically advanced products on the market and ones which offer real and tangible benefits of ownership to our customers.

The first product to feature this ground-breaking technology was the Pegasus touring caravan range which debuted at the Motorhome & Caravan Show three years ago in October 2009. Since then Bailey has rolled out the Alu-Tech system across its whole portfolio, highlighting its flexibility, and to date it has produced seven touring caravan ranges, two motorhome ranges and one leisure home range using this production method.

Prior to the development of the Alu-Tech construction system (which began in 2007) there had been little change in leisure vehicle body shell design for over thirty years. Conventional assemblies consisted of sandwich construction timber frame laminated and semi-laminated panels cloaked in exterior plastic mouldings which were secured together using a combination of adhesives and exterior fastenings.

With Alu-Tech Bailey adopted a different approach through the introduction an interlocking aluminium extrusion external framework which clamps the body panels together to produce a shell that is inherently more rigid and more durable. This method of assembly also helped to significantly reduce the number of external joints and fixing points, thus minimising the number of potential water access points and improving the overall integrity of the protective shell.

Bailey also implemented a series of design changes to the body shell panels themselves increasing their thickness to provide vehicles with unrivalled strength and thermal insulation capabilities. In addition, more radically, the Development Team removed all the timber components in the sides and roof and replaced them with a composite plastic internal skeleton and a GRP inner wall lining to limit the impact any possible water ingress may cause.

When you consider that these all these benefits of ownership were achieved without a cost or a weight penalty you can begin to see why the Alu-Tech construction system is so unique.

For more information on the Alu-Tech story visit: www.baileyalu-tech.co.uk

The successful implementation of any new leisure vehicle design technology will always be dependent on the people behind it and this, above all else, is where Bailey really delivers as a manufacturer.

All of our caravans and motorhomes are built in the Company's state-of-the-art South Liberty Lane production plant which is widely regarded as the most advanced in the country, and the only one to feature a fully mechanised assembly line, to provide the perfect facility in which to construct our products both accurately and efficiently. Within the factory we have adopted modern manufacturing principals by organising our salaried workforce into multi-skilled production cells to provide the expertise and flexibility required to produce a comprehensive range of sophisticated products.

Together these two factors help ensure that Bailey is best placed to respond to the changing nature of the market place by having the unrivalled ability to embrace new product  innovation.

For more information on the company behind the caravans & motorhomes please visit: www.bailey-aboutus.co.uk

Commenting on the Alu-Tech success story Bailey Managing Director Nick Howard said

 "Since its introduction four years ago Alu-Tech has changed the way people think about leisure vehicle construction. To have reached this milestone in such a short period of time is testimony to the popularity of the benefits the systems provides to customers and its proven track record of performance in use"

"Five years on and we remain committed to an Alu-Tech future based upon the firm belief that this ground-breaking technology continues to provide the most complete and effective design solution for the needs of our caravan & motorhome customers" he added. 

To find out more about these Bailey Motorhome please contact Shane Catterick or Neil Kinsley at TC Motorhomes in Kent Call 01227 289111.

For more information on the range of Bailey Approach Autograph Motorhomes available from our showroom please take a look at our dedicated Bailey Motorhome Page 

21 August 2013

We are all ways looking to purchase well looked after Motorhomes and campers

If you are wanting to sell your Motorhome or camper call today as we are always buying well looked after vehicles for cash   

Lots of new stock arriving come and see us this bank holiday weekend.

Open sat 8.30 till 4.30. Sunday by appointment only. Monday 9.00 till 3.30 we look forward to your visit

New Bailey just arrived

The new Bailey Approach Autograph 750 is now in our showroom Be one of the first to view it

15 August 2013

Approach SE 760 on Top Gear

The Bailey of Bristol Approach SE 760 motorhome has been selected to appear in a recent BBC Top Gear film, recorded as part of the current series, showcasing the best of British motor vehicle manufacturing and engineering. Given the subject matter filming took place in one of the most recognisable and spectacular locations in the country - on The Mall outside Buckingham Palace - in a celebration of all things British.

With several hundred vehicles of all shapes and sizes involved in the film shoot it was a huge logistical exercise to get everything positioned on time, meaning deliveries had to be made to central London over a five hour period starting at midnight. Once the stage was set the three programme presenters, Jeremy Clarkson, James May & Richard Hammond, then joined proceedings in red white & blue Jaguar F-Type sports cars adorned with union jacks and filming began. Plus to make sure that everybody felt especially patriotic the day of the shoot happened to coincide with Changing of The Guard at Buckingham Palace, so everybody was treated to an appearance by the Marching Bands of The Guards and the House Hold Cavalry.

The result was a typically 'chest-thumping' endorsement for the contribution that Britain has and continues to make to the global motor industry from one of the most popular television programmes in the world.

Bailey motorhomes are built at the Company's South Liberty Lane production plant in South Bristol. All models are powered by a 2.2 Hdi 130 bhp engine complete with a 6-speed manual gearbox housed in a Peugeot Boxer Euro 5 cab and thus benefit from the resulting improvements in performance and reduction in vehicle emissions. The fully-specified cab is matched to a low profile lightweight AL-KO AMC chassis which, with its lower centre of gravity, provides a more balanced weight distribution that improves road holding and braking efficiency as well as allowing for increases in user payloads. The bodyshell is built using the Bailey patented Alu-Tech construction system, complete with a GRP outer skin and under floor protection, to create a leisure vehicle which is more robust, more durable and yet lighter than those manufactured using conventional methods to offer greater protection against the elements to keep owners comfortable, safe and secure all year round.

Bailey Marketing Director Simon Howard, who was present during the filming, commented

"We were very proud to be selected to represent our industry in this celebration of the Best of British motor vehicle manufacturing and engineering".

"Looking up and down The Mall during the shoot it was great to see the tremendous variety of world-class British-made motor vehicles in Britain in one place at the same time. It made you feel that you were part of something really special" he added

The full episode of the programme is still available to view on BBC i-Player, with the feature including The Mall film shoot starting thirteen minutes from the end of the broadcast.

Bailey would like to give special thanks to Dean Vaughan of Forest of Dean Transport who successfully delivered & collected the Approach SE 760 motorhome for the filming to and from Central London.

09 August 2013

Maxine, Rob & Family


Maxine, Rob & Family ( Rob is just out of picture ) ..

Have just taken delivery of this fantastic RAPIDO 9090 DF `A` Class Motorhome, from Shane Catterick at T C Motorhomes in Herne Bay .. Kent  ...

Maxine confirmed that the RAPIDO is their first motorhome .. so it's a leap into the unknown for them .. but that with Airtravel being quite so difficult & tiring, they are looking forward to being able to go away whenever the mood takes them,  on the `spur of the moment` and explore not only this country but ultimately parts of Europe as well .

Everyone at T C Motorhomes would like to wish Rob, Maxine and their family a very happy time with their new Motorhome adventure.....

07 August 2013

Motorhome Travels

Marten & Janet collected their motorhome from us and went on an adventure..

Here are some of their photos …..

Beautiful Austria

Ploce Port in Croatia

Chilling out in sunny Croatia

Sunny Croatia

To find out more about any of the Motorhomes, Campervans or Caravans available from us please contact Shane Catterick or Neil Kinsley at TC Motorhomes in Kent Call 01227 289111.

Sponsored bike ride

Marten .. from Ashford Kent

One of our customer's from TC Motorhomes has recently completed a 90 mile sponsored bike ride with the "Brook Pelicans" for the PILGRIMS HOSPICE, a very worthwhile cause ..

Well done Marten !!

05 August 2013

Used Trigano Tribute & Adria Twin campervans

Two of the most popular hi-top camper vans have just been taken into stock at TC Motorhomes in Herne Bay Kent ...

CLICK HERE to view Adria Twin ..

CLICK HERE to view Trigano Tribute ..

For more information call Shane or Neil on : 01227.289111

03 August 2013

Lunar Lightning touring caravan

Andy & Kay collecting their Lunar Lightning touring caravan from T CMotorhomes , Herne Bay.

02 August 2013

La strada

Bob travels from Plymouth to TC Motorhomes of Herne Bay Kent to get the right deal